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Q is for Question

 30.11.10


K is for King of Kings

L is for law

M is for Men

N is for Nail

O is for Only

P is for Peace…




This question is still there, here, for you, for me.

Only through the Holy Spirit we can get the right answer: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16: 14-18)













Part one of this series is found here


Today I am grateful for undeserving Grace. I am grateful For God's invitation to His table; I am also grateful because I  have tasted and seen that the Lord is good!


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My Favorite List -Every Monday-

 29.11.10

 The Christmas lights started to shine this weekend in our home; we bought our tree and brought it home with joy,  beautiful music filled our place as we turned on the first Christmas lights. The story is ready to be unfold, to be read again, to be lived every day. Isn't  wonderful how we stop to celebrate the Incarnation of our Lord? Isn't is wonderful to turn on the first Christmas lights only to be reminded that Light overcame darkness? Isn't is wonderful to stop and meditate on the greatest miracles of all: God made man?

For this I am grateful today:

949. My friend Ann and her willingness to serve.

950. A baby's heart beat.

951. Orchids and a beautiful friend taking the time to teach us about the wonders of these flowers.





952. Tropical flowers, a miracle indeed.





953. Birds, beautiful creatures, reminding us of His faithfulness.



954. A Medieval feast.

955. A Christmas tree, and the first lights shining in our home.



956. A beautiful family willing to celebrate.

957. The Jesse Tree

958. Advent Readings

959. A prayer about the Advent Arms of God

960. The privilege of having the Holy Supper

961. The  Word of God. Hearing Him speak to me through the Holy Scriptures.

962. The privilege of coming to God in prayer.

963. Light overcoming darkness.

964. The Epistle of Romans

965. The mystery of the marriage bed.

966. Being a Mom.

967. This wonderful word:  "Yes"

968. Learning to say "No"

969. A grateful heart.

970. Friends at Rebecca Writes, raising our voices together this month to celebrate and proclaim His goodness.












971. A recipe from my friend Terri, thank you!

972. A brand new week ahead.

973. Mel, a beautiful young lady!  (see her pictures here)

974. You. - You-


Let us extol His name together for His mercies are new every morning!







 The A is for Advent - Z is for Zeal posts series will continue tomorrow.

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J is for Jesus

 28.11.10

A is for Advent

B is for Baby

C is for Crib

D is for Darkness

E is for Expectation

F is for Favor

G is Grace

H is for Hope

I is for Irresistible



















Thank you for joining me on this journey through the alphabet with my children.





 Today I am thankful for a beautiful Christmas tree full of lights; my family together around the Family Table and the Word of God reigning in us.

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Advent Activity - A through Z this Advent Season

 27.11.10

This is an idea from last year's Advent, but I enjoyed it so much that I want to repost it here, hope you like it!


A is for Advent - Z is for Zeal

Would you like to join me in my new project this week?

I have always liked alphabet books, so I decided to give it a try, I really hope you enjoy walking along with me, and maybe sharing them with your children this week.

My desire is to preach the gospel through this project, to tell about the wonderful story of Incarnation and Redemption. As always, my words may fall, but His are perfect, always enduring, never-failing.


























Jesus can only  be seen through His Word. He is the Word.

The planning, the tracing of each of these letters, has been a beautiful way for me to meditate on Jesus’ coming…this is what Advent and Christmas  are all about:

Worshiping our King and Savior, Jesus, and the Father who sent Him.

May His Spirit give us eyes to see and ears to hear.

Today I am grateful for a Christ-centered Holiday season.








My recommendations for today are two:

A Season to Look Back and Ahead, by Noël Piper.

And this, one of my favorite children’s books, This is not a Fairy Tale. You will just love it, and the illustrations are precious.







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Borrowed Words -From the Valley of Vision-

 26.11.10

Today I am thankful for the privileges that I have in Christ.



O Lord God,Teach me to know that grace precedes, accompanies, and follows
my salvation,
that it sustains the redeemed soul,
that no one link of its chain can never break.

From Calvary's cross wave upon wave of grace reaches me,
deals with my sin,
washes me clean,
renews my heart,
strengthens my will,
draws out my affection,
kindles a flame in my soul,
rules through my inner man,
consecrates my every thought, word, work,
teaches me thy immeasurable love.

How great are my privileges in Jesus Christ!

Without Him i stand off, a stranger, an outcast;
In Him I draw near and touch his kingly scepter.

Without Him I dare not  lift up my guilty eyes;
In Him I gaze upon my Father- God and friend.

Without Him I hide my lips in trembling shame;
in Him I open my mouth in petition and praise.

Without Him all is wrath and consuming fire;
In Him is all love, and the repose of my soul.

Without Him is gaping hell below me, and eternal anguish;
in Him its gates are barred to me by His precious blood.

Without Him darkness spreads its horrors in front;
in Him an eternity of glory is my boundless horizon.

Without Him all within me is terror and dismay,
in Him every accusation is charmed into joy and peace.

Without Him all things external call for my condemnation;
in Him they minister to my comfort,
and are to be enjoyed with thanksgiving.

Praise be to Thee for Grace,
and for the unspeakable gift of Jesus.

Amen




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The Holiness of God - Chapter Seven-

 25.11.10

I am a homemaker, so as you can imagine, today I am busy preparing a feast to celebrate His goodness, but I just don't want to skip this post; the book, the group, the conversation has been so rich.

Job Confessing His Presumption to God Who Answers from the Whirlwind; William Blake c. 1804


On this chapter Dr. Sproul takes us to see four different characters in the Bible; Jacob, Job, Habakkuk, and Saul; all of them wrestled with God. God overcame them and they found peace; all of them had questions to ask; all of them dared to raise their voices with questions, none of them got answers, instead they were summoned by God; He asked them some other questions and they could not answer.

I love the way Sproul talks about Job. Once Job found out that he did not have the answers to God's questions and that God was not answering his questions, what happened?

" ...Job was satisfied. even though God gave no answers, Job's questions were put to rest.He received a higher answer than any direct reply could have provided. God answered Job's questions not with words but with Himself. As soon as Job saw who God is, Job was satisfied. Seeing the manifestation of God was all that he needed. He was able to leave the details in God's hands. Once God himself was no longer shrouded in mystery, Job was able to live comfortably with a few unanswered questions. When God appeared, Job was so busy repenting that he did not have time for further challenges. His rage was directed to himself: 'I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes'"

Maybe questions have already come to your heart.

Maybe they will come in the near future.

What do we do with those questions?

Do we raise our fists trying to fight against God?

I just read, with tears,  the words of a young man who grew up in a an Evangelical Church, he tweeted: "I have decided to be an atheist because I have many questions and God has too many secrets"

Let our words be few; lest He turns towards us not to give us answers but to ask us questions which we will not be able to answer.

It is He who asks.

It is us who must learn to be quiet and be satisfied with the silence; It is us who must learn to trust in His Sovereign hand orchestrating every event in our lives, and so live comfortably with few unanswered questions.

We have heard people say that they are keeping a journal with many questions they plan to ask God one day in Heaven, let me share with you these words that my friend Persis, who has been tried by fire  once wrote:

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

Let this words be our comfort, no matter how big our questions might be, if we fear the Lord, we should know that He is beyond and above all those questions we have, and one day, when we see Him face to face, all those questions will be like vapor, like shadows; His glory will be sufficient, and we will be in peace.





Today I am grateful, because even though God is too wonderful for me to comprehend, and His holiness is beyond my reach, He has opened my eyes to see a glimpse of His glory and has given me the promise that I will behold Him face to face one day, and I will be satisfied, I will long for nothing no more.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!













I have a little gift for you today; I reposted from the old blog a short series on Contentment, (my notes -mostly drawings, and collages- that I made while reading The Art of Divine Contentment by Thomas Watson)


The School of Contentment -part one-
 Learning Contentment -part two-
Divine Contentment -part three-
Contentment, be Welcome -part four-
Learning Contentment, Day by Day -part five- (my favorite post on this series!)


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On The Incarnation

 24.11.10

Rebecca gave me permission to repost her  article on the Incarnation today; Thank you, Rebecca!




incarnation
The act of God in which God the son, the second person of the Trinity, took upon himself a human nature so that his divine nature and human nature were joined together in one person who is both truly God an truly man.
  • From Philippians 2:5-8:
    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (ESV)
  • From The Belgic Confession, Article 18: The Incarnation:
    The Son took the “form of a servant” and was made in the “likeness of man,” truly assuming a real human nature, with all its weaknesses, except for sin; being conceived in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, without male participation.
    And he not only assumed human nature as far as the body is concerned but also a real human soul, in order that he might be a real human being. For since the soul had been lost as well as the body he had to assume them both to save them both together.
    Therefore we confess … that he “shared the very flesh and blood of children”; that he is “fruit of the loins of David” according to the flesh; “born of the seed of David” according to the flesh; “fruit of the womb of the virgin Mary”;”born of a woman”; “the seed of David”; “a shoot from the root of Jesse”; “the offspring of Judah,” having descended from the Jews according to the flesh; “from the seed of Abraham”— for he “assumed Abraham’s seed” and was “made like his brothers except for sin.”
    In this way he is truly our Immanuel— that is: “God with us.”
  • From The Wonder of God Over Us and With Us by John Frame:
    Have you ever considered the utter mystery surrounding the incarnation of Christ - God entering our time and space while remaining above time and space as our sovereign Lord? The eternal becomes temporal; the infinite becomes finite; the Word that created all things becomes flesh. It is beyond human comprehension. The one who knows all things (John 16:30, 21:17) must “grow in wisdom” (Luke 2:52). The all-sufficient one (Acts 17:25) must hunger and thirst (Matt. 4:2, John 19:28). The creator of all must be homeless (Matt. 8:20). The Lord of life must suffer and die. God in the flesh must endure estrangement from God the Father (Matt. 27:46).
    In Jesus (God the Son), God, who knows the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:10), must watch His eternal plan unfold bit by bit, moment by moment. He grows from infancy to childhood to adulthood, responding to events as they happen. One time He rejoices; another time He weeps. From day to day, from hour to hour, the changeless God endures change. But God the Son incarnate is still God, still transcendent. As He responds to events in time, He also looks down on the world from above time and space, ruling all the events of nature and history.
    Why did God enter time in Christ? Joseph named his baby Jesus, “because he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). It was the Father’s love (John 3:16) that sent His Son, “that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” The Son of God took on the limitations of time, even death, so that we who deserve death can have life without limit, forever with God. He died in our place, that we might never die.
Learn more:
  1. J. I. Packer: Incarnation: God Sent His Son, To Save Us
  2. Paul Helm: Incomprehensibly Made Man
  3. Bob Deffinbaugh: The Importance of the Incarnation
  4. Wayne Grudem: The Person of Christ (mp3s): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Let us prepare our hearts even more than we prepare our homes for the great celebration: The Incarnation of our Lord!





Today I am praying  Psalm 100

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Praying the Psalms -Psalm 100

Folio 111 verso from a psalter (British Library, Stowe 2). Initial D from Psalm 100 (Beatus).


Thanksgiving is almost here, the last details are on our list and we are excited... It makes me happy to think that Thanksgiving is the opening door to the way that leads us to the Nativitity. We start with thanksgiving, with a grateful heart, we slow down to give thanks to the Almighty One for his mercies .

What a better way to prepare our hearts for this Advent season, and for the celebration of the Incarnation of our Lord?

 Let us walk towards Bethlehem with thanksgiving in our hearts!


Make a joyful noise to the Lord, 
all the earth!

Make a joyful noise to the Lord,
O my soul!
Do not be quiet today,
praise Him out loud!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come, serve Him, O my soul,
For all that He has done,
Come and serve Him
in your home and family today!

Come into His presence with singing!

Join me little ones,
come with mom and dad and let us
enter today His presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, He is God!
It is he who made us, and we are His;
we are his people, and the sheep of 
his pasture.

God the Creator of all,
the Lord of lords,
has made us, and we are his!
We are His because He bought us
with a price.
We are His and not ours.
Our days are in His hands,
we are His sheep and
He nourishes our souls
and bodies.

Let us give Him thanks!
Let us make a joyful noise!

Let us serve Him with gladness!
Let us come into His presence with singing!

We can not see this and remain quiet,
we cannot see His goodness and not be glad.
We cannot see His new mercies every morniing
and not be thankful!

Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
enter His courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Lord, your goodness, your mercy,
your grace,
they are too wonderful to comprehend!

When fears try to threaten me,
I will raise my voice and give thanks
to you, O Lord,
who has promised me goodness,
and steadfast love,
and faithfulness to all generations!


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I invite you to come next week to this place; let us consider together the mystery of the Incarnation of our Lord; let us try to gaze at the greatest of all miracles, God coming into this world in flesh, to ransom us from the bondage of sin.


We will be here every Wednesday on December to consider these things; you are invited to link to your post or leave a comment; let us Celebrate His Coming!

Rebecca Writes has a great article that will help us start on the same rung; in it she defines the term Incarnation; I invite you to read it this week.











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Praying the Psalms -Psalm 116-

 23.11.10





I love you, my Lord,
because you have heard my voice and my pleas for mercy;
-so many times I have sinned and you have brought me before You
 to ask forgiveness, only to find mercy at your feet.


I love you, my Lord,
because you have inclined your ear to me.
 - who else can I call day and night?
    who else will hear my heart beat
    and my deepest dreams?
Therefore I will call on you as long as I live.


When the snares of death encompassed me:
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me:
when I have suffered distress and anguish
I have called on your name:
"O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!"


- Lord, I am so thankful for this, 
  you not only hear my weary voice,
  but you hear to answer my cry.
  
-Lord, I am forever thankful, because
 you turn your ear to hear the voice of 
 your people, your delight is in answering our pleas.


Gracious you are O Lord,
Righteous and merciful you are, my God;
You preserve the simple;
When I was brought low, you saved me.


- Lord,  your deeds are too wonderful for me to grasp,
 you delight in raising up the low;
 It amazes me that you, the Most Holy One,
 will  stretch out your hand to save sinners like me 
 from the darkest pit.


-O my soul, don't be anxious for nothing,
 have you forgotten Who the Lord is?
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.


-Lord, I am grateful because in my iniquity,
 you came to me and cleansed me,
 and not only that but you have dealt  with me
 with many blessings, with many gifts,
 I don't deserve any of those,
 yet you have dealt with me bountifully!


Lord, my God, you have delivered my soul from
death
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling;


My heart can't comprehend your grace!
I am yours, all my gratitude is due to you!


Because of your perfect sacrifice,
Because of your amazing grace,
I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.


What shall I render to You,
O Most High God for all your benefits to me?


What shall I render to you,
O Most High God for all your benefits to me?


I will lift up the cup of salvation
 and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all His people.


Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of hos saints.
O Lord, I am your servant;
You have loosened my bonds.


For this I am grateful, O Lord,
for who is he who buys a servant
only to make Him free?
It is only you, O Lord, who looses
the bonds that separated me
from your divine love!


I will offer to you the sacrifice of
thanksgiving
and call upon your name, O Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of His people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
In your midst, O Jerusalem,


Praise the Lord!
















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If I am happy it is because of God! God, in His sovereign grace, has called me out of darkness into His Admirable light. He has opened my eyes and has shown me the way to Eternal Life. He has set my feet on a journey, and now I am walking Daily on My Way to Heaven. I did not find Jesus, He found me. I did not seek Him, yet He called me. I did not love Him, yet He loved me. I deserved death and He gave me Life. This is the place where I keep a journal of my life under His sun and by His grace!
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"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

Jonathan Edwards

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

-Persis

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”

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